More Than I Bargained For: Lent

I won't lie--as Lent began I still didn't know what I would fast from throughout this season of Lent. I thought about the things I had given up in the past--anywhere from the selfishly motivated giving up of sweets (that was more of a diet disguised as a religious discipline) to the far more difficult... Continue Reading →

Crisis: Week 10

I have found myself desperately reaching for the calm wisdom of Mr. Rogers over the past few weeks as the Covid-19 virus has made it's way around the globe. It's one thing to get on social media and post funny memes about all the people panic-buying toilet paper, or grumbling at the grocery story with... Continue Reading →

Failure: Week 8

There is a fantastic scene in the new Mr. Rogers movie in which our beloved children's show host hilariously fails at setting up a tent on his show. As he struggles with the apparatus and mutters under his breath, his crew can't help but smirk at the good-natured man being bested by the very same... Continue Reading →

Change: Week Two

One of the primary reasons I took on this Mr. Rogers project for 2020 was because I wanted to spend the year practicing how to love and appreciate all of my neighbors. We live in a polarized and divisive society and as I contemplated how to navigate those choppy waters I figured Mr. Rogers would... Continue Reading →

Gratitude: Week One

In the first entry for my Year of Living Like Mr. Rogers project, I decided to focus on gratitude. As a child, watching Mr. Rogers, one of things I remember him often saying was, "Thank you for being you." We often thank people, but the unspoken caveat is that they have done something that helps... Continue Reading →

Un-Choosing Fatalism

When I was studying Appalachian culture in college, one debate we often had in our classes was about whether the Appalachian people were fatalistic in their worldview. As a twenty-something with a wide world awaiting her and a head full of dreams, I argued that we were, in fact, not fatalistic. Years have spun out... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Adventures

Everything is 2020! I'm so excited to have two new adventures I am embarking on this year--two new avenues I'll be keeping you up-to-date on as the days go by. So what's new? First... a lifetime dream is coming true. Thanks to the expertise of Anna Weber Stearns at Voices in Print, I'll be publishing... Continue Reading →

The Great And Dreadful Day

A prayer of hope Joel 2:23-32 O God, the earth shakes and the heavens split open. Everywhere we look we see blood and fire and columns of smoke. Our legs are like rubber, our hearts melt with fear. What has this world come to? And yet, we rejoice. We rejoice because our sons and daughters... Continue Reading →

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